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More than one attacker involved in Lahore blast, says Sanaullah

Published Feb 14, 2017 07:19pm


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Punjab Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Rana Sanaullah on Tuesday said there was more than one attacker involved in the suicide bombing on Mall Road blast.

The law minister added that the attack had targetted the police.

"In the the footage from the cameras placed in Model Town, two men can be seen walking towards the blast site," said Sanaullah.

Rana Sanaullah said, "Of the two men seen walking from the Punjab High Court towards Mall road, one seems to be 30 to 35 years of age and may be the handler. The other individual seems to be between the ages of 15 and 17 and may have been the suicide bomber."

Sanaullah further added that DIG Traffic and SSP Operations were posted on one side of the Mall Road while the protesters were on the other side.

"The attackers wanted to target the police and thus moved towards them before the bomber blew himself up," said the provincial law minister.

Sanaullah also added that initial evidence is being taken into consideration as the investigation proceeds further. However, he clarified that new geo-forensic evidence may impact the direction of the investigation.

Describing the incident in further detail, he said, "The 35-year old alleged handler gave the bomber his instructions and then went to stand a safe distance away from the site of the attack".

"The people of Pakistan had started feeling safer, the stock exchange was on the rise and the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final was about to be played in Lahore. People from all over the world were visiting the country including ambassadors from various countries. This attack is a conspiracy against Pakistan," said the law minister while terming the attack a conspiracy against Pakistan.

On Monday 13 people were killed and 85 were injured when a suicide blast shook Mall Road.

The FIR and initial inquiry report

A First Investigation Report (FIR) was registered at the CTD police station on the petition of SHO Civil Lines police station. Cause for FIR was noted as terrorism.

According to the FIR, four people were allegedly involved in the suicide attack at Charing Cross, out of the four, one blew himself up while the other three fled the scene.

The report adds that investigative agencies have found human remains from the site of the blast and it is believed that the human remains belonged to the suicide attacker.

A report on the blast has been sent to Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and the bomber has been identified as a 20-year-old.

The initial report says that six to eight kilogrammes of explosive were used in the suicide blast while ball bearings have been determined as the main cause for most of the deaths.

Day of mourning

Shahbaz Sharif announced a day of mourning in the province and ordered the national flag on all official buildings be flown at half mast.

All trade activities in the city were also suspended for the day while all public and private schools in the province remained shut.

The funeral prayers for the seven slain police officers including DIG Traffic Lahore Capt (retd) Ahmad Mobin and SSP Operations Zahid Gondal were offered while the Governor Punjab Malik Rafique Rajwana, chief minister and the law minister were among the attendees.


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Harmony-1© Feb 14, 2017 07:24pm

Surprised he is not blaming protesters here for his incompetence?

Does he ever accept ant responsibility and resign?

Syed Ahmed, canada Feb 14, 2017 07:31pm

As you sow so shall you reap. Don't allow Rangers to clean up the terrorism, that shall strike whenever and wherever they choose.

Syed Ahmed, canada Feb 14, 2017 07:35pm

@Harmony-1© Even if he resigns, it may not be accepted, or sooner or later he will be brought back on a different portfolio. He is the link-pin of PML(N).

Hamaad Feb 14, 2017 07:40pm

Just mourn and grieve as a nation, but never be proactive.

Houlbelat Feb 14, 2017 07:43pm

Why no orders issued to eliminate the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, the persistent killing outfit?

Khan Feb 14, 2017 07:52pm

He should have been resigned after the lost so many innocent lives!!!

Khan Feb 14, 2017 08:13pm

@Houlbelat ..... Our politicians should also be concluded in the investigations and operations clean up for fast results punjab govt. alerted before hand, Now peoples like RS sitting on media and trying their innocence, the govt. should be held responsible for this act of horror

The end is near Feb 14, 2017 08:19pm

Total failure of the PMLN Govternment in providing security and safety to innocent Pakistani people. Unfortunately almost each and every month a new and more powerful blast and suicide attack happen in Pakistan. But these ministers fail over and over again in developing new and effective strategies to secure Pakistani nation and eliminate extremism and root out terrorism. The so called TTP is working right under their nose but no effective crackdown against them has yet been done. Innocent people are getting killed every month on regular basis in these attacks and it seems people's lives have no value in this country. Again next month these minsiters will be repeating the same mantra statements after a new attack and nothing will be done. It seems these corrupt ministers are not answerable and not accountable to anyone.

M. Malik Feb 14, 2017 08:27pm

The guy does not get tired of making foolish statements.

These are the so-called politicians who are leading this nation to disaster.

Skeptic Feb 14, 2017 08:31pm

"It is better for people think you are a fool, than for you to open your mouth and remove all doubts."

  • Confucius
Abu Fatima Feb 14, 2017 08:51pm

Our enemy will not allow us to live safe. They are taking full advantage of our weaknesses thru the hidden black sheep of our society.

IMran Feb 14, 2017 09:17pm

If you have any grace. Please resign and let some one capable do the job.

Gaf Feb 14, 2017 09:18pm

Do the honourable thing and please resign. One of the reason Pakistan can't keep control is because same old minters and leaders carry on with their post after a serious incident like one in Lahore.

Any other country will call for the law minster or he himself will resign. Give someone else a chance for a change. Why row in the same boat again and again?

TRUMP Feb 14, 2017 09:39pm

Why the government didn't allow the rangers to conduct operation in Punjab? We would not have seen thos day!!

LAHORI KID Feb 15, 2017 02:08am

Now this is what we call being on top, the minister claims to know what happened, two men targeting the police. This is what I call investigative brilliance. Where do we find these ministers?

Naveed Jafri Feb 15, 2017 03:14am

"Fantastic job" Rana Sana for identifying there were two guys. After this phenomenal achievement I believe the case is solved and will be closed until next ........

NowNow Feb 15, 2017 04:22am

Why Mr. Sanaullah is not answering the question as to why the leaders of the protesting groups not informed about the potential bomb threat so they could have postponed. not moved their protest?

pakistani Feb 15, 2017 05:50am

Bring rangers in punjab for God sake.

Akil Akhtar Feb 15, 2017 06:51am

As soon as we announce cricket coming Back to Lahore (Pakistan) a suicide bomber hits after many months or even year(s)...who is so afraid of cricket returning to Pakistan....I think we know who wants to isolate us.

ak Feb 15, 2017 07:01am

Off course he knows!!

gullu Badsha Feb 15, 2017 07:06am

How does Sana's comments help anyone. Senseless and shameless.

sajed syed Feb 15, 2017 08:06am

@Skeptic , so true.